Young Haymakers

making hay, Ohio's Amish Country

Young haymakers.

Tradition says Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer in U.S. culture. In Ohio’s Amish country, seasons are often determined by harvests. The year’s first cutting of hay marks the summer harvest season in rural America.

Friends, neighbors, and family members of all ages pitch in to help make the hay. These youngsters gathered hay bales and held the reins to the horses pulling the hay wagon while the adults did the milking. Giving youth such responsibility teaches work skills and reinforces the already strong work ethic of the Amish.

“Young Haymakers” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2016

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Filed under Amish, family, human interest, Ohio, Ohio's Amish country, Photo of the Week, photography, rural life

3 responses to “Young Haymakers

  1. Takes me back to my childhood. Thanks for the memories!

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  2. Pingback: Weekly Blogroll: New Amish Artwork, Young Haymakers, 8 Favorite Rhubarb Recipes, and More! | Amish 365: Amish Recipes – Amish Cooking

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